Patents Assigned to Kota Enterprises, LLC
  • Patent number: 9432326
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for facilitating contact or communication between users or participants. A profile matching process is performed to match a user profile of a first user to a user profile of a second user. A number of questions to ask the second user are automatically selected. In addition, an answer to one or more of the questions may be suggested to the second user. The questions and any suggested answers are then sent to the second user at an associated user device. A reward to be revealed to the second user in response to answering the questions may also be provided. A summary of the answers given by the second user may be provided to the first user. In response, the first user may choose to share his or her full or partial user profile, contact information, or the like with the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Kota Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Hugh Svendsen, Scott Curtis
  • Patent number: 9002922
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for facilitating contact or communication between users or participants. A profile matching process is performed to match a user profile of a first user to a user profile of a second user. A number of questions to ask the second user are automatically selected. In addition, an answer to one or more of the questions may be suggested to the second user. The questions and any suggested answers are then sent to the second user at an associated user device. A reward to be revealed to the second user in response to answering the questions may also be provided. A summary of the answers given by the second user may be provided to the first user. In response, the first user may choose to share his or her full or partial user profile, contact information, or the like with the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Kota Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Hugh Svendsen, Scott Curtis
  • Patent number: 8876610
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for providing location-based wagering. In one embodiment, wagerable data associated with a location of a first user is identified. The wagerable data may be any type of data on which a wager may be based. Then, a wager recommendation is generated based on the wagerable data and returned to the first user. The first user defines a wager, and the wager is published to one or more second users located in proximity to the first user. Each of the one or more second users is enabled to accept the wager if desired. In addition, one or more winners and one or more losers of the wager may be identified and payout may then be effected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kota Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Curtis, Kenneth Jennings, Michael W. Helpingstine, Eugene Matthew Farrelly
  • Publication number: 20130042305
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for generating, sending, and delivering a message addressed using an image of an intended message recipient of the message. In one embodiment, a central server receives a message including an image of an intended message recipient from a first user device of a first user. The central server then identifies a second user as the intended message recipient based on the image of the intended message recipient. Then, before delivering the message, the central server obtains an image of a user at a second user device associated with the second user and sends the image to the first user device where the image is presented to the first user. Upon receiving authentication from the first user device that the user at the second user device is the intended message recipient, the central server delivers the message to the second user device of the second user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: KOTA ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventor: KOTA ENTERPRISES, LLC
  • Patent number: 8316096
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for generating, sending, and delivering a message addressed using an image of an intended message recipient of the message. In one embodiment, a central server receives a message including an image of an intended message recipient from a first user device of a first user. The central server then identifies a second user as the intended message recipient based on the image of the intended message recipient. Then, before delivering the message, the central server obtains an image of a user at a second user device associated with the second user and sends the image to the first user device where the image is presented to the first user. Upon receiving authentication from the first user device that the user at the second user device is the intended message recipient, the central server delivers the message to the second user device of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Kota Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Hugh Svendsen, Scott Curtis
  • Patent number: 8312087
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for generating, sending, and delivering a message addressed using an image of an intended message recipient of the message. In one embodiment, a sending user captures or otherwise obtains an image of an intended message recipient. A message to the intended message recipient is then generated, addressed using the image of the intended message recipient, and sent to a central server. The central server identifies the intended message recipient based on the image of the intended message recipient and optionally a location and time at which the image was captured. Optionally, the identity of the intended message recipient may be verified by one or more users such as one or more friends of the intended message recipient. The central server then sends the message to the intended message recipient using known contact information such as a username or email address of the intended message recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Kota Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Hugh Svendsen, Scott Curtis
  • Patent number: 8270937
    Abstract: A friends-based low-threat response service for subscribers in one or more mobile communications networks is provided. In general, in a low-threat situation, a subscriber initiates a request to the low-threat response service via the subscriber's mobile device. The low-threat response service identifies a friend of the subscriber or a friend-of-a-friend of the subscriber that is geographically proximate to the subscriber as a responder. The low-threat response service then establishes communication between the subscriber and the responder or notifies the subscriber that the responder is coming to provide assistance. The low-threat response service may also effect presentation of information at a mobile device of the responder directing the responder to the subscriber, information at the mobile device of the subscriber directing the subscriber to the responder, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Kota Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory M. Evans, Alfredo C. Issa
  • Patent number: 8216072
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for providing location-based wagering. In one embodiment, wagerable data associated with a location of a first user is identified. The wagerable data may be any type of data on which a wager may be based. Then, a wager recommendation is generated based on the wagerable data and returned to the first user. The first user defines a wager, and the wager is published to one or more second users located in proximity to the first user. Each of the one or more second users is enabled to accept the wager if desired. In addition, one or more winners and one or more losers of the wager may be identified and payout may then be effected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Kota Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Curtis, Kenneth Jennings, Michael W. Helpingstine, Eugene Matthew Farrelly
  • Publication number: 20120135744
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for generating and managing communication rules associated with geographic locations. According to embodiments of the present disclosure, a method may include storing a communication rule associated with a geographic location and a user. The method also includes receiving a communication identifying the geographic location. Further, the method includes applying the communication rule for routing the communication to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: KOTA ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Curtis, Michael W. Helpingstine, Kenneth Jennings
  • Publication number: 20120072996
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for generating, sending, and delivering a message addressed using an image of an intended message recipient of the message. In one embodiment, a central server receives a message including an image of an intended message recipient from a first user device of a first user. The central server then identifies a second user as the intended message recipient based on the image of the intended message recipient. Then, before delivering the message, the central server obtains an image of a user at a second user device associated with the second user and sends the image to the first user device where the image is presented to the first user. Upon receiving authentication from the first user device that the user at the second user device is the intended message recipient, the central server delivers the message to the second user device of the second user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: Kota Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Hugh Svendsen, Scott Curtis
  • Publication number: 20120046860
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing passive crowd-sourced alternate route recommendations are disclosed. In one embodiment, locations of users of a number of mobile location-aware devices are tracked over time. Upon receiving a request, users of mobile location-aware devices that have traveled from a desired start location to a desired stop location are identified. Location histories for the identified users are analyzed to determine one or more different routes taken from the desired start location to the desired stop location. The one or more different routes, or a select subset thereof, are then returned to the requestor as recommended alternate routes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: KOTA ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Curtis, Eric P. Halber, Gregory M. Evans, Steven L. Petersen
  • Publication number: 20120046049
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for obtaining secondary indications of locations of users for use by a location-based service. In one embodiment, a secondary indication of a location of one or more users is obtained from a source of secondary indications of locations of users. The secondary indication includes a location of the one or more users and timing information defining when the one or more users were or will be located at the location. The secondary indication of the location of the one or more users is then stored and utilized to provide the location-based service. In one embodiment, the secondary indication is utilized to store historical aggregate user profile data by location and/or to provide aggregate user profile data for crowds of users formed via a spatial crowd formation process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: KOTA ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Curtis, Steven L. Petersen, Sean T. Purdy
  • Publication number: 20120041982
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods and systems for associating co-presence information with a media item comprise creating a media identification (ID) for the media item in response to a media device acquiring a media item. The media ID is broadcast to at least one peer device co-present with the media device. A transmission is received from a registered user of the peer device reporting receipt of the media record ID, and an arbitrary ID for the registered user is created. The arbitrary ID of the registered user of the peer device that reported receipt of the media record ID is then associated with the media item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: KOTA ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Jennings
  • Publication number: 20120041983
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling access to sharable items. In general, a computing device of a user stores a sharable item. A sharing rule is configured for the sharable item, where the sharing rule is based on an element of aggregate profile data for a current location of the user, a crowd characteristic of one or more crowds that are currently relevant to the current location of the user, or both. Depending on the embodiment, the element of the aggregate profile data, the crowd characteristic of the one or more crowds, or both are obtained and the sharing rule for the sharable item is resolved. Sharing of the sharable item is then provided according to a result of the resolution of the sharing rule for the sharable item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: KOTA ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Jennings
  • Publication number: 20100197318
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking crowds of users are provided. In one embodiment, a central system, which includes one or more servers, operates to obtain current locations for users of mobile devices. Based on the current locations of the users, the central system forms crowds of users. As a result of movement of the users and corresponding location updates, the crowds move and change over time. In order to track at least some of the crowds, crowd snapshots for those crowds are created over time and stored. The crowd snapshots preferably maintain anonymity of the users in the crowd at the time the crowd snapshots are created. Thereafter, the crowd snapshots may be used to generate crowd tracking data for select crowds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: KOTA ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Steven L. Petersen, Kenneth Jennings, Sean T. Purdy
  • Publication number: 20100198880
    Abstract: A music diary processor for generating an electronic music diary. The music diary processor receives a plurality of event identifiers from a user, wherein each event identifier identifies a respective life event associated with the user. The user can also provide a date identifier identifying a date associated with the life event, a song identifier identifying one or more songs identified by the user as being associated with the live event. The event identifiers, song identifiers and the date identifiers are stored in an electronic storage medium wherein each song identifier and date identifier is coupled with at least one respective event identifier, and a plurality of event identifiers are coupled with each other. The music diary processor can serve as a music discovery vehicle, wherein the music diary processor can use data entered by a user to locate songs and other data associated with other music diaries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: KOTA ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventor: Steven L. Petersen
  • Publication number: 20100198862
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for processing a request for crowd data for a large geographic area. In one embodiment, a central system, which includes one or more servers, operates to obtain current locations for users of mobile devices and form crowds of three or more users based on the current locations of the users. In order to provide access to crowd data for crowds for a large geographic area, the central system receives a request for crowd data from a requesting device, establishes a bounding region for the request, and identifies one or more starting points within the bounding region for the request. Crowds are identified, crowd data for the crowds is generated, and the crowd data is returned to the requesting device in an iterative manner for a series of two or more outwardly radiating, concentric geographic regions centered at the one or more starting points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: KOTA ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Jennings, Christopher M. Amidon, Ravi Reddy Katpelly
  • Publication number: 20100198814
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for filtering and/or creating Points-of-Interest (POIs). In one embodiment, a list of POIs is obtained and then filtered based on crowd data related to the list of POIs to provide a filtered list of POIs. In another embodiment, one or more crowd-sourced POIs are created based on one or more crowds relevant to a corresponding bounding region for POI creation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: KOTA ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Steven L. Petersen, Scott Curtis, Kenneth Jennings
  • Publication number: 20100197319
    Abstract: A system and method that maintain current locations for users of a number of mobile devices and compute confidence levels for the current locations of the users are provided. In one embodiment, the confidence levels of the users are computed as a function of amounts of time since location updates were received for the users. In addition, detection of location confidence events may be used to modify the confidence levels for the current locations of the users. The location confidence events may include positive location confidence events that result in an increase in the confidence levels of the current locations of corresponding users, negative location confidence events that result in a decrease in the confidence levels of the current locations of corresponding users, or both. Once computed, the confidence levels of the current locations of the users may then be utilized in a desired manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: KOTA ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Steven L. Petersen, Kunal Kandekar
  • Publication number: 20100198917
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for forming crowds of users and providing access to corresponding crowd data. In one embodiment, a central system, which includes one or more servers, operates to obtain current locations for users of mobile devices. The central system receives a crowd request from a requesting device. In response, the central system establishes a bounding region for the request and identifies one or more crowds, each including number of users, that are relevant to the bounding region for the request. The central system then generates crowd data for the one or more crowds and returns the crowd data for the one or more crowds to the requesting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: KOTA ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Steven L. Petersen, Scott Curtis, Kenneth Jennings